N714 Safety at Street and Roadworks

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N714 Safety at Street and Roadworks Course Content

The N714 Safety at Street and Roadworks course stands as a beacon of excellence and a vital educational experience for professionals engaged in the critical and dynamic field of street and road construction and maintenance. This course is designed with a dual focus: to instil a robust understanding of the legal and ethical responsibilities underpinning street and road works and to equip participants with the practical skills necessary for ensuring the highest standards of safety. As participants embark on this comprehensive journey, they will delve into a curriculum that covers a wide spectrum, from legislative frameworks and risk management to practical site operations and emergency response, all aimed at fostering a safe, efficient, and responsible work environment.

Course Objective

The N714 Safety at Street and Roadworks course is meticulously designed with the paramount objective of imparting both practical skills and a profound understanding of safety measures necessary for candidates. It aims to ensure that participants are fully equipped to prepare and arrange Signing, Guarding, and Lighting effectively, thereby safeguarding not just the workers but also the general public at road and street works sites.


Course Content

  1. Introduction to Safety at Street & Road Works: A detailed overview of the course, setting the context for the importance of safety in street and road works. Understanding the impact of inadequate safety measures and the objective behind stringent safety protocols.
  2. Legislative Framework:
    • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974: A comprehensive look at the responsibilities and legal requirements under this act, and how it applies to street and road works.
    • New Roads & Street Works Act 1991 and ACOP: Understanding the specific requirements of this act and the Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) related to street and road works.
    • Chapter 8 of the DOT Traffic Signs Manual: Delving into the guidelines for the correct use of signs, signals, and road markings as per the Department of Transportation standards.
  3. Principles of Safe Street Works:
    • Understanding Risk: Identifying and understanding the various risks associated with street and road works.
    • Basic Principles for Safe Street Works: An exploration of the fundamental principles that underpin safety at work sites, including visibility, communication, and emergency preparedness.
  4. Pre-Operational Checks and Preparation:
    • Equipment Checks: Detailed guidance on conducting pre-operational checks of all equipment to ensure functionality and safety.
    • Site Assessment and Preparation: Learning to assess the site for potential hazards and preparing the area for safe operations.
  5. Site Layout and Equipment:
    • Understanding Site Layout: Detailed instructions on setting up a safe and efficient site layout, considering the flow of traffic and pedestrian movements.
    • Equipment Needed: A comprehensive list of all the equipment required for different types of street works, including signs, lights, and barriers.
    • Sign Lighting & Reflectorization: Importance of proper lighting and reflectorization for visibility and safety.
  6. Traffic Control and Management:
    • Managing Footways: Strategies for ensuring the safety of pedestrians.
    • Preparing Carriageways: Specific preparations for 30mph and 40mph carriageways, and dual carriageways.
    • Working Near Pedestrian Crossings, Road Junctions, Level Crossings, and Roundabouts: Special considerations and techniques for working near these areas.
    • Other Layouts (e.g., T-Junctions): Handling other complex layouts and ensuring safety.
  7. Operational Best Practices:
    • Communication and Teamwork: Fostering effective communication and teamwork among workers to enhance safety.
    • Handling Emergencies: Preparedness and response strategies for potential emergencies on site.
  8. End of Shift Checks:
    • Site Closure: Ensuring the site is safely closed and secure at the end of each shift.
    • Equipment Storage: Proper storage of equipment to maintain its condition and readiness for future use.
  9. Case Studies and Real-World Scenarios:
    • Engagement with real-world scenarios and case studies to apply the theoretical knowledge gained in practical settings.
  10. Assessment and Certification:
    • A rigorous assessment to test the knowledge and practical skills acquired during the course.
    • Upon successful completion, participants will receive a certification indicating their competence in ensuring safety at street and road works.


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